Cricket Board CEO will begin to come up with what the next eight-year calendar for cricket will look like on Thursday. The CEC (ICC Chief Executive Officers’ Committee) meeting in the 2023-31 cycle will consider members’ views on various competitions, ICC events, and the growth space currently occupied by the T20 league in the country so far. In that respect, it was exploratory in nature.
But the actual work of shaping the calendar begins now. There are two broad questions to answer. One is how much time is available for bilateral cricket, given the ICC event and the national T20 league. Second, what is the structure of international cricket such as the World Test Championship (WTC) and ODI Super League?
These discussions can be more complicated than ever, not just because the virtual window common to all board meetings from around the world is relatively short and tricky. Demand for calendars is growing and has been amplified from 2017 to 2018, even since the last time these discussions took place. Prior to the meeting, consider four issues that need to be resolved in the next calendar.
Ignored intermediate format: ODI
The T20 and tests have been fairly resolved so far, but underneath the scanner is a bilateral ODI, specifically related to global ODI events. On the surface, the ODI Super League provides bilateral ODI context with its final World Cup qualifying rewards.
However, due to the pandemic, the start has been postponed and the two T20 World Cups are tightly focused, so the actual traction and momentum has not yet been gained. One of the points of discussion is about expanding the World Cup to more than 50 (14 teams instead of 10), but it is driven by full members who did not participate in the previous World Cup. As one source said, regular members prefer their teams to participate in the World Cup. Currently, there are 12 regular members, but there are 10 teams in the World Cup.
But what if there was a bigger World Cup in 2027, what would happen to the ODI Super League? Currently, there are 13 teams, of which the top 8 will participate directly in the 2023 World Cup. If it stays in the league of 13 teams, but eventually qualifies 12 from it, it will beat the points of the league.
As the league grows (and 12-14 teams need to be much larger to qualify), they begin to dig into the already scarce calendar. And given the spectacular sight of the 2018 tournament in Zimbabwe, the motivation for the World Cup qualifying tournament may still be there.
9 or more at the World Test Championship?
Members generally consider the WTC a success, indicating that it is beyond the current cycle anyway. Accumulation in the finalists has been confirmed, and accumulation in the final itself is proceeding smoothly.
But the question in the league is what to do with Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland. The three aren’t part of the WTC in the second cycle of the league ending in 2023, but even if it’s the path that ultimately leads to inclusion, they get some definition of their involvement going beyond that. I am particularly enthusiastic.
When the league was first devised, the three hadn’t played enough tests to join the league. Since the WTC was launched in July 2019, they have only played 10 tests (Ireland has only one). The test calendar is a bit busy, but not so much, while the second cycle of the WTC is running.
Again, the issue is limited calendar space. Currently, each team has six series (three homes and three aways) over a two-year period. Adding teams means somehow squeezing more time out of the cycle or not playing beyond the 6 Series, but then more and more teams have the idea of a league that doesn’t play with each other. It will be further diluted.
It extra ICC event
In a sense, this additional event is at the heart of the game’s current tensions. In the present circumstances, Additional events -ODI tournament or T20- Approved By the ICC Board Despite the opposition From BCCI.
However, the CA and ECB opposed and joined the BCCI, with ICC Chair Greg Berkeley. Suggest additional events was Not a deal, Don’t consider it final. It currently has a majority of support among members who are heavily dependent on the revenue of ICC events and is recognized as a starting point for discussions, but does that mean it will remain by the end of these discussions? Please be another matter.
And if it’s an ODI event, it only complicates the status of the ODI Super League. How does it affect such events? Previously, ICC events were scheduled every eight years, and members then created their own bilateral schedules around them. However, with the increased context of WTC and Super League, it is essentially as important as knowing when and where two more tournaments will be held and ICC events will be held. Once members have bilateral matches in these competitions, they can start creating calendars.
One of the main issues in the discussion about the 2017-18 schedule was that it was being carried out by members of various T20 leagues in the country- Alternative calendar In essence in the year. At that time, South Africa’s Muzansi Super League (MSL) and PSL were difficult to avoid in the sense that they took two elite teams out of international cricket for a total of six weeks from October to March. When the majority of members are in season.
This time around, we’re adding SLC’s Lanka Premier League, Afghan Premier League, Abu Dhabi T10, and The Hand Red from this summer to all these leagues. Since 2022, the IPL has also been expanded, so there are more moving parts for members to juggle. Of course, the ICC has no control over this, but it has a very direct impact on international cricket as it all comes together in one calendar.
Osman Samiuddin is a senior editor at ESPNcricinfo.
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